(l-r) Joel Streeter, Michael Romanowski,
San Francisco, CA (March 15, 2010)--Michael Romanowski recently completed mastering the Joel Streeter solo release, Matador, at his 1340 Mission studios mastering suite.
Jerry Becker, a multi-instrumentalist currently touring with Train who also produced Streeter's first album, Hear Me Out, produced Matador. The album was recorded over the course of two years around the San Francisco Bay Area at Hyde Street Studios, Tiny Telephone Studios and Becker's studio in Oakland.
Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski used a combination of his analog and digital mastering gear, including the ATR 102 1-inch, 2-track tape deck, Pacific Microsonics Model II A-to-D converters, and Focal Grande Utopia EM monitors, to prepare the album for release.
Streeter says, "Michael did an amazing job with the mastering; he's got such a great room and a great set of ears. The whole session was a fantastic experience--being able to sit there behind him, watch him do his thing and hear the results. The sonic enhancement he made to the music was immediately apparent. He really brought out the best in what we brought to him."
The new album, slated for release spring of 2010, features the talents of 12 Bay Area musicians, including Jim Bogios of Counting Crows (drums), James Deprato on guitar (also of Chuck Prophet's band, Megan Slankard Band, and Elliot Randall Band), Matt Cunitz on keyboards (John Vanderslice, The Botticellis, All Ones). Local singer-songwriters Megan Slankard and Brad Brooks make guest vocal appearances as well.
"What can I say about Michael Romanowski other than he's my first call when I'm finishing a project and need it mastered," said Becker. "He's always done outstanding work for my clients and me. I love his ears, his gear, and his cappuccino machine."